Yesterday, Republican members of the U.S. House and Senate introduced the Secret Ballot Protection Act into the 111th Congress. While the full text is not yet available, prior versions of this bill would have made it unlawful for an employer to recognize or bargain with a union unless a majority of employees had voted for union representation in an NLRB-conducted secret ballot election. 

The bill (H.R. 1176) was introduced in the House of Representative by Rep. John Kline (R-MN) and 103 co-sponsors. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced the Senate version (S. 478) with 18 co-sponsors.

Neither chamber is likely to bring the measure up for committee hearing. However, during debate over the Employee Free Choice Act in 2007, the House Rules Committee allowed members to vote on whether to substitute the Secret Ballot Protection Act for EFCA. That proposed amendment failed by a vote of 173-256.